Category: Overdose

Prevention

Alabama High Schools Can Now Administer Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone

Alabama High Schools Can Now Administer the Opioid-Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone A new state-wide program will now allow Alabama high schools to administer the Opioid overdose reversal drug, Naloxone. The state is the first in the nation to train administrators, coaches, and teachers to use the lifesaving drug. First proposed by the Alabama Department of Education … Continued

Epidemic

Casa Mia Recovery Program Keeps Addicted Moms and Babies Together in Texas

Recovery House Helps Addicted Moms and Newborns Heal The heartbreak of babies suffering Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome while their mothers battle Opioid addiction is a growing concern. Infants born with Opioids in their system and expectant mothers who abuse Opioids create a cycle of separation and frustration for moms. Mothers feel guilt of exposing their children … Continued

Teen

America’s Foster Care Children and the Opioid Epidemic

Foster Care Numbers, Opioid Addiction on the Rise The number of children in foster care is steadily increasing in America. The American Psychological Association reported a 10% of a national increase in children admitted to foster care between 2013 to 2016. This indicated worrisome trends directly related to neglect via drug abuse by a parent. … Continued

Prevention

China Bans Deadly Overdose-Causing Drug: Fentanyl

China Bans Deadly Overdose-Causing Drug: Fentanyl On Monday, China announced it would ban all variants of the powerful Opioid drug Fentanyl, an effort that could slow the supply of the illicit drug to the United States. According to the CDC, American overdose death rates linked to synthetic Opioids like Fentanyl increased more than 45% from … Continued

Prevention

Small Percentage of People in Need of Opioid Addiction Treatment Medications Get Them

Study Reveals How Opioid Treatment Is Unavailable to Those Who Need It A new, federally-funded report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine shows that more than 80% of the estimated 2 million people with an Opioid addiction aren’t getting addiction treatment medications. Medicines like Methadone and Buprenorphine – government-approved since 1972 and … Continued

Crime

Purdue Pharma to Pay $270 Million in Settlement of Oklahoma Opioid Lawsuit

The Outcome of the Historic Oklahoma vs. Purdue Pharma Lawsuit Purdue Pharma, the makers of Oxycontin®, has agreed to pay $270 million to settle the lawsuit that was brought forth by the state of Oklahoma’s attorney general, Mike Hunter, in 2017. Hunter accused Purdue and the Sackler family of aggressively marketing the Opioid painkiller and fueling a … Continued

Crime

Rampant Addiction, Sex Trafficking in Ohio (Pill Mill) Town

Addiction and Sex Trafficking Reports in Portsmouth Attract National Attention In a town of less than 18,000 people along the Ohio River, rumors of corrupt local officials heading a sex trafficking organization were public knowledge for years. That is, until an 80-page federal affidavit for a wiretap was filed by the Drug Enforcement Administration in … Continued

Prevention

FDA Advisors Petition Agency to Stop Approving New Painkillers

FDA Advisors Petition Due to ‘Dangerously Deficient Oversight’ In a petition sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week, two FDA advisors are claiming the agency has suffered “dangerously deficient oversight” in its approval of new prescription Opioids in the past decade. Dr. Sidney Wolfe (former drug safety committee advisor to the FDA) … Continued

Crime

Woman Suing U.S. Prisons to Allow Addiction Treatment

Inmates Banned from Receiving Addiction Treatment Stephanie DiPierro was sentenced to a federal prison after pleading guilty last fall to theft of public funds. DiPierro, 38, has been receiving daily doses of Methadone from a clinic since 2005. Now that she is heading to prison and will be unable to continue her scheduled addiction treatment, … Continued